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Volume 6 Issue 361 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 26-Dec-2004 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 27-Dec-2004
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National survey shows that two-thirds of Americans think that clinical research studies are safe

Two-thirds (66%) of Americans think that clinical research studies are safe for those who participate, according to a nationwide survey by The Center for Information and Study on Clinical Research Participation (CISCRP) and Opinion Dynamics Corporation (ODC).

The survey of 1000 adults was conducted on December 14 and 15 to gain insight into public perceptions about the clinical research process following recent media attention on the safety of widely-used prescription medications. The CISCRP-ODC survey also found that more than half (57%) of respondents would have greater trust in clinical research information if the results were made available on a public website or registry. Detailed results of the survey are available on the CISCRP website at http://www.ciscrp.org/.

CISCRP President Roni Thaler said, "Government agencies and research sponsors are evaluating and implementing initiatives in an effort to provide greater transparency to address concerns raised by the medical community, policymakers, the public and the media. We're delighted to be conducting this research in collaboration with ODC."

"The public clearly plays a vital role in clinical research," said Richard Greif, Project Director at Opinion Dynamics. "As the debate continues about how drug companies and the federal government can best balance the risks and rewards of clinical research while maintaining the public's trust and safety, we will continue to track how this affects their perception of clinical research."

This is the first in a series of polls that CISCRP and ODC plan on conducting to increase understanding of the public's views regarding clinical research participation.

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